Apple has released today an exclusive update for iPhone 5 devices. The update, which brings the version number up to 6.1.4, is exclusively for the latest iPhone and contains rather minor changes. The update is available over-the-air and comes in at a rather small 11.5MB.
The update brings with it an "updated audio profile for speakerphone." Between both the size of the update and change log, we're convinced that this is an extremely minor update. Of course, updating to the latest version will break your jailbreak and we doubt an updated audio profile is enough to make you want to lose your jailbreak. For everyone else, you can grab the update OTA or by clicking your device version:
It looks as though people might have jumped the gun a bit in regards to whether or not Google will debut Android 5.0 at Google I/O. According to some leg work done by AndroidPolice, it's much more likely that Google will debut an updated Android Jelly Bean version at I/O going by the version number 4.3.
A build going by Android 4.3 JWR23B has been showing up in their server logs. They then traced down the IPs that they were coming from to Google. More specifically, AndroidPolice claim that the IPs are associated with two employees that are heavily involved with Android.
The build has been showing up on Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 devices. Typically, Nexus devices are the first to get a new version of Android. Finally, AndroidPolice cites several bugs that have cropped up in the Chromium bug tracker that list JWR23B as the build.
We'll know for sure as soon as Google I/O happens in about three weeks.
It looks as though the iOS 7 team is in crunch time as WWDC approaches. According to an AllThingsD source, Apple is "borrowing" engineers from the OS X 10.9 team to work on iOS 7. If the rumors we've been hearing about iOS 7 come to fruition, it's not completely surprising they're in need of a few extra engineers.
iOS 7 is reportedly undergoing some massive UI tweaks and changes. Gone are the days of skeuomorphic design cues. Instead, we should be facing a flatter, more Jony Ive-style interface. According to one source, "Put it this way. You know Game Center's green felt craps table? Well, goodbye, Circus Circus."
We'll be reporting on all the changes in iOS 7 when it eventually makes its debut. Until then, what would you like to see in the new iOS 7?
With the first quarter of 2013 out of the way, it's time to reflect on those Windows 8 numbers, isn't it? Net Applications' latest data shows that April was a good month for Windows 8, but for Windows as a whole, not so much.
Worldwide OS market share for April 2013 showed that Windows 8 gained 0.53% from 3.31% to 3.84%, whereas Windows 7 dropped 0.01% from 44.73% to 44.72%. Windows 8 isn't growing much at all, gaining just 0.66% OS market share since December, four months ago now. Windows Blue, or Windows 8.1, is going to meet the same fate, unfortunately.
Google has updated Chrome OS with a new Managed Public Sessions feature so that Chromebooks can more easily be set up as public kiosks. The new feature allows users to surf the web without requiring any sort of login, all the while providing Administrators the tools they need via a web-based management console.
Google points to examples of where this could be useful. For instance, a retail store could set up a kiosk so customers could order out-of-stock merchandise. They could also be used in the business center of a hotel. The uses are really quite endless.
Administrators can easily customize any Chrome device to be a public session device using the web-based management console. The features that you'll find in the console include the ability to set the default sites and apps a user sees at login, custom brand the homepage, block sites and apps that shouldn't be accessed, configure device inputs and outputs, and set timed log-out sessions. For security reasons, public session data is cleared on logout so the next user starts fresh.
Apple will announce OS X 10.9 this June at WWDC and this morning we are learning of a few new features that the OS will see. The updated operating system is said to include two very sought after features. Tabbed browsing in Finder as well as tagging. The update will also bring forth iOS style multitasking and a new version of Safari.
The new version of File Explorer will allow users to switch between multiple folders via tabs which removes the hassle of multiple Finder windows. Users will also be able to tag documents and files from within Finder, making searching for items much easier.
The update, which is codenamed "Cabernet", will also see a Safari refresh that is said to improve speed and efficiency, but I suspect Google Chrome will still be the better choice in browsers. Finally the update is said to bring forth a very iOS-esque style of multitasking where background apps will be paused when not in the active window.
It's an interesting time for Windows-based systems, as there are mountains of Android- and iOS-based devices being sold every minute of every day, with no sign of slowing down.
DigiTimes' latest report is that major PC vendors are joining Intel in their push for Android-based convertible touch-based devices. Yes, Android-based devices are wanted from Intel, with it looking like they're slowly shifting away from Windows. Lenovo are the ones reportedly leading the pack, where they'll release an Android-based version of their Yoga, an 11-inch convertible tablet.
Acer, ASUS, HP and Toshiba are all preparing Android-based devices, which we should see more of heading into Computex and even more in Q3 2013. DigiTimes' sources have said that the "sweet spot" for Android notebook pricing is at around $500, which means we should see some pretty powerful devices similar to what we see from Apple and their iPad, and Samsung and others with their current Android-based slates.
When Microsoft killed the start button with Windows 8, many long time users were appalled, and cried foul. This morning the Verge is reporting that we will see a reappearance of the start button in the Windows 8.1, but don't get too excited yet.
If you were hoping for a start menu along with the revived start button, you will be sadly disappointed, the new start button is essentially a reskinned copy of the charm that appears when you mouse over to the right hand side of the desktop. Clicking the new start button will open the live tile interface.
News of this addition comes shortly after the announcement that Windows 8.1 will include a "boot to desktop" mode that will let users log directly into the desktop interface and forgo ever having to look at live tiles again.
Windows 8.1 has seen its third leak, arriving to file sharing websites as build 9374. Build 9374 of Windows 8.1 doesn't seem to include any huge changes, but there is one interesting new addition: Kiosk Mode.
Kiosk Mode can be found in the PC settings menu, and seems to be a way of locking down a device to a single Windows 8-style application. These apps can be selected to launch at login, with the app lockdown in place for user accounts. Kiosk Mode seems destined for business users, or someone who wants to set it up in an embedded-like terminal that runs a single application.
Retail units could be deployed to run a single application, or business devices that allow employees to run a line-of-business application.
Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 13.04 will be available with a GNOME interface, pleasing many users who found that the Unity interface didn't work well on older hardware. Other users, such as myself, found the Unity interface to be terribly designed and not easy to work.
This will be the first version of Ubuntu to feature GNOME as an interface since version 11.04. The version of Ubuntu, known as Ubuntu GNOME, has been around as an independent project since last year. Just because Canonical is offering up GNOME as an interface choice doesn't mean that Unity is gone.
Canonical still has high hopes for a unified Ubuntu across all devices, as its show with Ubuntu Mobile and Ubuntu Tablet.
Windows 8 has been here for half a year now, and I still haven't bothered even considering to change over - with millions of others in the same position. There's now new rumors on Windows 8.1, which is set to fuse the desktop and mobile Windows worlds.
Microsoft mainly wants to do this to target Android, but I can't see how this will happen in the short term. The other news is that Microsoft is planning a September launch for Windows 8.1, but we should see a more public appearance sometime in August if everything goes to plan. New screenshots have surfaced confirming the new version is called Windows 8.1 Pro Preview, which is an interesting shift in names for Microsoft.
Should we expect no Service Pack for Windows 8, and just a shift to Windows 8.1? There are a few things to look forward to in Windows 8.1, such as 50/50 split-screen Metro app support, multi-monitor Metro app support, Internet Explorer will receive WelGL and SPDY support as well as Tab syncing, and much more. This is on top of the slew of performance increases and bug fixes we should expect from Windows 8.1.
Apple needs a come back in the mobile OS department, and it looks like iOS 7 could just be that. The Cupertino-based giant is set to tease the world with iOS 7 at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.
Then we have news from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Haberty, who predicts Apple's iOS 7 will include a new Internet service, such as a mobile payment system that will continue on from Passbook, or a new music streaming service - something we've heard about before - where she expects this new service to be iOS 7's 'killer app'.
We've already heard of the huge UI overhaul on iOS 7, so it looks like Apple is now playing catch up to Android - because if the world's most advanced mobile operating system was indeed titled correctly, we should only expect evolution, not revolution.
BlackBerry is apparently already readying an update for its BlackBerry 10 operating system used on its latest flagship devices. The new update is said to be in the works for release by the end of the month and will bring with it numerous improvements.
According to the leak, BlackBerry 10 users can expect numerous improvements for just the camera. BB10.1 is said to feature a faster camera and HDR support. BB10.1 will also be getting UI and keyboard tweaks to help BlackBerry users adjust to the on-screen keyboard. The full list of improvements is below:
- Mnemonic Phone Dialing
- BlackBerry Mobile Voice System Support
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- BlackBerry Balance
- Word Prediction
- Type N Go
- Corporate Liable Feature
- Cross Domain Email Warnings
- Dark Theme Support
- Smartcard Support
A warning to all of our readers in Brazil: If your system is powered by Microsoft's 32-bit version of Windows 7, you should disable automatic Windows Updates. Patch number KB2823324 will cause 32-bit Windows 7 systems in Brazil to enter an infinite reboot loop, something most would like to avoid.
Oddly enough, the problem only presents itself in Brazil: "The problem is isolated to Brazil and we are working on a solution," Microsoft said.
To fix the problem, you'll need to load a recent System Restore points. If you don't use System Restore, you might be able to use Command Prompt in Safe Mode to remove the botched patch. Run the following command:
DISM.exe / image: C: [windows8 install]/ cleanup-image / revertpendingact
Of course, your mileage may vary. If all else fails, you can wait for Microsoft to issue an official fix or reinstall your operating system.
T-Mobile has started the roll out of software updates for the scores of unlocked iPhones already running on the carrier's network. If you're using an unlocked iPhone 5 on T-Mobile's network, this update will enable LTE and Visual Voicemail as well as fix minor bugs and optimizations.
We previously reported that this roll out would start today. You can easily update your device over the air or by connecting up to iTunes. The update details what it brings to the table:
Enables the following:
4G network indicator
Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)
AWS LTE (T-Mobile and officially unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 only)
HD Voice (T-Mobile and officially unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 only)
AWS HSPA+ (T-Mobile and new 2013 AT&T iPhone 5 only)
Personal Hotspot Settings (Smartphone Mobile Hotspot)
APN settings for LTE connectivity
CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik has taken to his Google+ page to announce that he has restored the opt-out feature on stats gathering within CyanogenMod this morning. He had some choice words to say about the situation:
It's incredibly frustrating that a handful of incredibly vocal users are ready to "fork" over the issue. News flash: there are already a hundred forks of CM. We like it, and we enable it! And there's no sinister plot to crack the hashed data and sell your deepest darkest secrets to Verizon and the NSA.
In the end though, we should respect everyone's wishes here. The change was well-intentioned- we just want to have better answers to certain questions. There are many applications out there who are doing incredibly dubious things like uploading all of your contacts without your consent, so certain suspicions are understandable. I do not want CM to ever be perceived as a group who doesn't respect the privacy of it's users.
BlackBerry has unveiled a method to allow users to give BlackBerry 10 OS a test run before shelling out for a new Z10. BlackBerry has put together a mobile website that demos the features of BB10 and allows you to test out various aspects of the new operating system.
Potential customers can check out the interface, test the predictive keyboard, BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Hub, and other BB10 programs. The demo doesn't operate as smoothly as it would on the actual device, but it at least conveys the idea of the new OS. You can check it out on your iPhone or Android device by heading to BlackBerry.com.
During a Branch chat, Daring Fireball's John Gruber has said that iOS 7 is running behind schedule, and that when it is released it'll include a big change to the user interface (UI). He said:
What I've heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it. (Let me know if you've heard this song before.)
Gruber also noted that iOS 7 is set to have a "significant system-wide UI overhaul" and that iOS engineers who are toting the next-gen mobile OS from Apple are required to have a special privacy filter on their devices that reportedly limits viewing angles on their devices. This stops others from getting a look at the new-look iOS.
iOS has needed an UI overhaul for a while now, something I've been itching for since the iPhone 3GS. Android has been making strides in the UI department, something Apple should've been on the ball about. iOS 7 should hopefully be quite striking to both look at, and use.
It's that time of the month again, when we find out just how the Android OS is doing with its users. Google have changed up the way they collect these numbers, where they now only collect data from devices that have visited the Google Play store in the last month.
Previously, Google used to count all phones that checked into their servers. This change in collection methods hasn't changed the numbers that much, with Jelly Bean sitting pretty at 25% of the Android market share. Ice Cream Sandwich actually climbed a little, with 29.3% of devices running the deliciously-named OS.
According to ZDNet's sources, Microsoft's upcoming Windows Blue will be known as Windows 8.1 to the public. As you can see in the screenshot below, the operating system is clearly labeled as "Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro." It looks like Windows Blue could be similar to the service packs of yesteryear.
The update appears to follow along the lines of Windows Phone 7 and 7.5. Windows RT is said to be known as "Windows RT 8.1." Microsoft envisions Windows 8 as a multiple selling season product meaning these refreshes every year or so, somewhat like how Apple updates Mac OS X in that they have 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 each with their own codename.
It's not clear whether Microsoft intends to charge customers to update, though I would venture to guess they will charge a fee. If I had to guess a number, I'd guess $20.
Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system continues to be somewhat of a flop. Usage data from Net Applications show Windows 8 usage is still behind that of Microsoft's last flop, Windows Vista. Windows XP and Windows 7 continue to be top contenders, even though XP was initially released over 11 years ago.
Windows 8 is used on 3.17 percent of computers, up from 2.67 percent in February. Vista, on the other hand, is found on 4.99 percent of systems. Windows XP is still found on 38.73 percent of systems and Windows 7 is the largest used operating system, found on 44.73 percent of systems.
Mac OS X 10.6-10.8 combined is found on below 7 percent of systems. Windows 8 uptake is likely to increase and is predicted to eclipse that of Vista within the year.